It starts with the look you get from that other mom at the park.
Your children are innocently playing together and she notices that your older, school-aged kiddo happens to be quietly sitting next to you reading a book. “Oh is school out today?” she asks, “No, we homeschool,” you reply.
Then the look…”Oh,” is sometimes the reply you get, or “My husband’s cousin’s neighbor does that.” And the tone sometimes changes in the conversation.
Sometimes the look turns to the remark, “Wow, you have so much patience, I could never do that.” Followed by the long sigh as she assumes she isn’t capable.
Yep, we are weird. Homeschoolers that is. We are weird parents who, most days, gladly give up a leisurely latte to stand, knee deep in the trenches of educating our children.
The world thinks we have the patience of Job; the truth is we probably have just as many parental melt-downs as the next mom; we just do it and then pray for God to give us the grace to keep going again on Tuesday.
You may have even thought that we were weird too, that is before you joined our ranks. That is likely when you realized that to be weird is not such a bad thing.
Weird homeschoolers love to learn.
That’s right, our children actually like to learn, and often they seek out information they want to learn about, and they do it on their own, without our guidance. They grow into young adults who still love to learn, if there is something they want to know about, they will likely teach themselves and seek ways to improve their knowledge base.
Weird homeschoolers are creative.
They have had down time, time to learn to seek out ways to entertain themselves. They have likely not been overscheduled to the point of exhaustion on a daily basis. They are able to see a topic in a whole new light because they have been given the opportunity to build a diorama of the Incan Indians, blow up a two-liter bottle full of science-y potion, and submit their creative writing assignment to a national magazine.
Weird homeschoolers are independent
So many college professors will tell you that the biggest struggle for most incoming freshman is their inability to be independent. They almost have to have all things spoon fed to them, because that is how they have been taught to learn.
Not our weirdos, often because mom may have other children to tend to, a business to run, or a blog to keep on track, our kids get their guidance from us, but they are then sent to the table to independently work on things. This, it turns out, is a very valuable asset in higher education, and you were beating yourself up about it just last week!
So you see, yes, we are weird. But, when I look around at the non-weird kids out there, I think I like it that way.